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St. Luke's Gospel

Click the underlined text to read the commentary for a particular phrase.

  • Luke 1:34: But how can this come about?
  • Luke 1:37: Nothing is impossible to God.
  • Luke 1:38: Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word. (December 1981)
  • Luke 1:38: Behold, I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word. (December 1996)
  • Luke 1:38: Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word. (December 2002)
  • Luke 1:45: Blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.
  • Luke 1:48: He has looked with favour upon the lowliness of his servant. (August 1997)
  • Luke 1:48: He has looked graciously upon the lowliness of his handmaid. (December 1979)
  • Luke 2:19: As for Mary, she treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart.
  • Luke 3:4: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. (December 1982)
  • Luke 3:4: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. (December 1997)
  • Luke 3:11: If anyone has two tunics he must share with the person who has none, and the one with something to eat must do the same. (December 1988)
  • Luke 3:11: Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise. (December 2003)
  • Luke 4:4: Man shall not live by bread alone.
  • Luke 5:5: At your word I will let down the nets.
  • Luke 6:27-28 Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. (May 1978)
  • Luke 6:27-28 Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. (Retranslated for September 2008)
  • Luke 6:31: Do to others as you would have them do to you.
  • Luke 6:32: If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.
  • Luke 6:38: Give, and there will be gifts for you: a full measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be poured into your lap. (June 1978)
  • Luke 6:38: Give and there will be gifts for you: a full measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. (February 1995)
  • Luke 6:38: Give, and there will be gifts for you: a full measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be poured into your lap. (February 2001)
  • Luke 6:38: Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. (October 2008)
  • Luke 6:40: A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully taught will be like his teacher.
  • Luke 7:47: Her many sins must have been forgiven her, or she would not have shown such great love. (June 1998)
  • Luke 7:47: Her many sins are forgiven for she loved much. (June 1980)
  • Luke 9:23: If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross every day and follow me. (July 1978)
  • Luke 9:23: If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. (June 1995)
  • Luke 9:23: If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. (June 2001)
  • Luke 9:23: If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. (November 2008)
  • Luke 9:62: No one who puts his hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the Kingdom of God. (June 1986)
  • Luke 9:62: No one who sets a hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God. (June 2004)
  • Luke 10:16: Whoever listens to you, listens to me.
  • Luke 10:42: Only one thing is needful. (July 1980)
  • Luke 10:42: There is need of only one thing. (July 1995)
  • Luke 11:1 Lord, teach us to pray.
  • Luke 11:34 The lamp of the body is your eye. When your eye is sound, then your whole body is filled with light.
  • Luke 12:15: Take heed, and beware of all covetousness: for a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions. (July 1983)
  • Luke 12:15: Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one's life does not consist in the abundance of possessions. (August 1995)
  • Luke 12:27: Think of the lilies: they neither spin nor weave; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his splendour was not attired like one of these.
  • Luke 12:32: Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
  • Luke 12:33: Sell what you have, and give alms; provide yourselves with purses that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens which does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. (March 1979)
  • Luke 12:33: Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven that does not fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. (August 1998)
  • Luke 12:33: Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. (July 2009)
  • Like 12:49: I came to cast fire upon the earth; and would that it were already kindled! (August 1989)
  • Luke 12:49: I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! (August 2001)
  • Luke 13:24: Strive to enter by the narrow door, for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. (August 1980)
  • Luke 13:24: Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able. (August 2004)
  • Luke 14:11: All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
  • Luke 14:26: Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. (February 2009)
  • Luke 14:26: Whoever comes to me and does not hate* father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. (* In biblical language to 'hate' means to 'put after', 'to put in second place'.) (September 1995)
  • Luke 14:26: If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. (October 1978)
  • Luke 14:33: None of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.
  • Luke 15:10: There is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.
  • Luke 15:32: It was only right we should celebrate and rejoice, because your brother here was dead and has come to life; he was lost and is found. (March 1980)
  • Luke 15:32: We had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found. (March 1995)
  • Luke 15:32: But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found. (Luke 15:32)(March 2001)
  • Luke 16:10: Someone who can be trusted in little things can also be trusted in great things. (September 1998)
  • Luke 16:10: Whoever is faithful in small things is faithful also in great. (September 1978)
  • Luke 16:13: No one can serve two masters: for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
  • Like 17:5: Increase our faith!
  • Luke 17:6: If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, "Be uprooted and planted in the sea", and it would obey you. (c.f. Matt 17:20-21)
  • Luke 17:10: When you have done all that is commanded you, say 'we are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty'.
  • Luke 18:14: Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.
  • Luke 19:5: Make haste and come down; for I must stay at your house today.
  • Luke 21:17-18: You will be hated by all for my name's sake. But not a hair of your head will perish. (November 1980)
  • Luke 21:17-18: You will be hated by all because of my name. But not a hair of your head will perish. (November 2001)
  • Luke 21:19: By standing firm you will win true life for yourselves. (October 2009)
  • Luke 21:19: Your perseverance will win you your lives. (November 1995)
  • Luke 21:19: By standing firm you will save your souls. (June 1979)
  • Luke 21:36: Stay awake, praying at all times. (December 2000)
  • Luke 22:26: The greatest among you should become like the youngest, and the leader like one who serves.
  • Luke 22:27: I am among you as one who serves.
  • Luke 22:42: Not my will, but thine be done. (August 1978)
  • Luke 22:42: Not my will but yours be done. (April 1995)
  • Luke 22:42: Not my will but yours be done. (December 2008)
  • Luke 22:46: Pray that you may not enter into temptation.
 
 

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